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Is it morning for you yet? | The 58th Carnegie International

Pacita Abad

Amien Rais

Social Realism Journey-Jakarta Riots 1998

Oil on canvas

1998

24 x 35 inches

60 x 90 cm

Is it morning for you yet?, the 58th Carnegie International, featuring Pacita Abad, is on view at Carnegie Museum of Art from September 24, 2022 through April 2, 2023.

Organized by Sohrab Mohebbi, the Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curator of the 58th Carnegie International and associate curator Ryan Inouye with curatorial assistant Talia Heiman, the exhibition traces the geopolitical imprint of the United States since 1945 to situate the “international” within a local context. 

Unfolding along two overlapping conceptual currents, Is it morning for you yet?, the 58th Carnegie International presents historical works from the collections of international institutions, estates, and artists, alongside new commissions and recent works by contemporary artists.

Pacita Abad will present a series of social realism paintings, which chronicle the Jakarta Riots of 1998. The riots, ignited by political corruption, inflation, and economic decline, targeted ethnic Chinese Indonesians and ultimately led to the fall of the Suharto regime. Pacita was living in Jakarta during the riots and documented the events through these expressive paintings, atypical from her usual, intricately constructed tapestry works.

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